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Sunday, May 4, 2003

Woman sues abortionist for performing an abortion when she wasn't pregnant.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

"Mills said in an interview Thursday that she sought the procedure despite her anti-abortion stance because she was attending college at the time and raising two young sons with her husband.

After the procedure, she said, she suffered flashbacks, nightmares and severe depression.

Mills said she found out more than three years later from her gynecologist that the clinic's medical records showed she probably had a blighted ovum instead of a viable pregnancy at the time of her abortion. A blighted ovum is a fertilized egg that attaches to the uterine wall but does not develop further.

'I'd been going around for three years beating myself up for killing a baby," Mills said. "All these head trips I went through, for no good reason.'"

I've heard stories like this before but wasn't sure I believed them.

She speaks of her emotional distress in the past tense. I hope it stays there for her. What I'm remembering is hearing of a woman like this who continued to feel a lot of anguish because she couldn't forgive herself for having gone through with a termination, even though it turned out there was no baby.

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